Renegades defeat Paradox to claim Bucharest qualifier spot: PGL Major Antwerp — OCE Open Qualifiers

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After two gruelling match days, it is Renegades who emerge victorious, claiming the Oceanic representative spot at the PGL Antwerp Major Asia RMR with a 2-0 victory over Paradox.

They’ll still need to win the PGL Asia RMR event to qualify to the Contender’s Stage, but RNG have given themselves the best chance possible after surviving the best-of-one open qualifiers.

Joshua “INS” Potter was the event standout, posting a 1.56 rating over 5 maps, with teammate Simon “Sico” Williams a stone’s throw back at 1.42.

Michael “chelleos” Hawkins (7 maps, 1.38 rating, +33 K/Diff) kept Paradox in the hunt, with the team upsetting Order 19-17 in the consolidation final.

But RNG prevailed, taking out the qualifier 2-0 (16-13, 16-6) to join Tyloo, Lynn Vision and Checkmate at April’s RMR event in Bucharest, Romania.

From there, the winning team will qualify for the big show in Belgium — the PGL Antwerp Major Contender’s Stage, starting early May.

PGL Antwerp APAC RMR — OCE Open Qualifier Schedule & Results

Teams were seeded into a single-elimination best-of-one bracket until eight teams remained.

The final eight played out a double-elimination best-of-one bracket, with the best-of-three grand final winning team progressing to the APAC RMR event in PGL’s Bucharest studio later in April.

Sunday, March 6 — The Final 8

Round Game Matchpage
Upper Bracket QF Renegades 16-5 FREE THE MANDEM HLTV
(Bo1) Paradox 16-14 Overt HLTV
Vertex 13-16 DGG Esports HLTV
Upper Bracket SF (Bo1) Renegades 16-14 Paradox HLTV
Order 16-12 DGG Esports HLTV
Lower Bracket QF (Bo1) FREE THE MANDEM 5-16 Overt HLTV
Lower Bracket SF (Bo1) Overt 16-14 DGG Esports HLTV
Vertex 8-16 Paradox HLTV
Winner Bracket Final (Bo1) Renegades 16-8 Order HLTV
Lower Bracket Final (Bo1) Paradox 16-4 Overt HLTV
Consolidation Final (Bo1) Paradox 19-17 Order HLTV
Grand Final (Bo3) Renegades 2-0 Paradox HLTV

Saturday, March 5 — Round of 32/16

Round Game Matchpage
Round of 32 (Bo1) Renegades 16-0 CS BeastMasters Lobby
1stroundexit 16-10 Penthouse Lobby
Paradox 16-2 Lore Lobby
fat yutes 16-6 Dragon Caliber Lobby
Overt 16-0 MagnusG Lobby
Hysteria 16-6 Boobs Lover Lobby
Order 16-1 SNIP GANG Lobby
KINGSMEN 16-2 RedTooth Lobby
iNation 10-16 Tuvalu Embassy Lobby
Vertex W-FF KAZZA Lobby
DGG Esports W-FF eDream Lobby
8Ballers 16-7 Egg Team Lobby
Aristocrats 13-16 Dream Team Lobby
1620 Kings 16-2 Vertigoats Lobby
Round Game Matchpage
Round of 16 (Bo1) 1stroundexit 0-16 Renegades Lobby
JKS Fan Club 0-16 FREE THE MANDEM Lobby
Paradox 16-6 fat yutes Lobby
Overt 16-5 Hysteria Lobby
Order 16-4 Dream Team Lobby
KINGSMEN 16-6 Tuvalu Embassy Lobby
Vertex 16-11 1620 Kings Lobby
DGG Esports 16-6 8Ballers Lobby

OCE Open Qualifier — Day 1 Recap (March 5)

Results were as expected for day one of the PGL Antwerp APAC RMR OCE Open Qualifiers, with the top four favourites through to day two with ease.

Favourites Renegades swept past CS BeastMasters and 1stroundexit without dropping a single round, and will face FREE THE MANDEM in the quarter-final best-of-one tomorrow.

Order, Paradox and Vertex also recorded solid wins on the way to day two.

Rounding out the final eight was Overt, KINGSMEN and DGG Esports.

OCE Open Qualifier — Event Preview (March 4)

The open qualifier will see teams of all skill levels enter the single-elimination best-of-one bracket — and there won’t be any second chances.

The top eight to emerge from the gruelling Bo1’s will then enter the double-elimination final playoffs. For the team that emerges; a single spot at the PGL Antwerp APAC Regional Major Tournament (RMR), joining Tyloo, Lynn Vision and Checkmate.

It’s a long, tough road for our representatives to qualify for the Antwerp Major — and one already wrought with controversy.

PGL and Valve have opted to return to regional RMR’s (Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific), not dissimilar to the Regional Minors of old.

However, with APAC’s reach from the Middle East to Oceania and South Asia and everything between, and with only four teams permitted to compete at the APAC RMR, many pundits believe top squads from each sub-region will miss out given how competitive APAC is as a whole.

For Oceania, arguable favourites LookingForOrg had their hopes dashed already.

Unable to return to Australia due to their upcoming appearance at ESL Pro League this week, LFO opted to enter the Middle East Open Qualifier, going down to Chinese squad Lynn Vision in the lower bracket.

With many question marks over the composition of OCE’s top five heading into the event, and with only one spot up for grabs, expect some cutthroat Counter-Strike as the likes of Renegades, Vertex, Paradox and plenty more battle for the sub-region’s sole RMR slot.

PGL Antwerp APAC RMR — OCE Open Qualifier Rosters

The final eight teams’ rosters will be listed here following the conclusion of day one.

Team Roster
Renegades INS hatz aliStair Sico Liazz
Order J1rah vexite Valiance ekul USTILO
Paradox chelleos DannyG TjP asap dangeR
Vertex apocdud ADDICT Roflko malta pz
Overt rekonz damyo Fiend ObZen SkulL
DGG Esports versa yourwombat gump nexar zeph
KINGSMEN oliff callum_murray BaN4na Terryyy t0mS
FREE THE MANDEM foggers nettik SWANKYG Falcon nibke